How To Do Exponents In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to do exponents in Google Docs.

How To Do Exponents In Google Docs

When writing equations in Google Docs, you might be wondering how to input an exponent. Thankfully, Google Sheets comes with a few built-in features that makes it easy to add an exponent to an equation.

Exponents are not the only use case for this feature. Any text that is written above the normal line of type is called a superscript. Besides denoting exponentiation, it is also used for adding trademark symbols, adding numbers for references and links to footnotes.

In this guide, we will show you how to add an exponent or superscript in Google Docs. First, we’ll show you how to add the Superscript text formatting on existing text. We’ll also cover the Special characters function and the Equation function under the Insert menu.

How to add a Superscript in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to add a superscript in google docs.

Step 1

First, select the text you want to convert into a superscript.

In the example above, we want to convert the number 2 into the exponent 2

Step 2

While the text is still selected, click on Format > Text > Superscript.

You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + . (Cmd + . for Mac users).

Step 3

The selected text should now be converted into a superscript.

Step 4

We can also add an exponent by adding it as a special character. We can access this option by clicking Insert > Special characters.

Step 5

Select the Superscript option in the second dropdown menu to reveal the list of possible special characters available to add to your sheet.

Clicking on any of the options shown will automatically insert the superscript into your sheet where your cursor was placed.

Step 6

We can also add an equation with an exponent by using the Equation feature. Click on Insert > Equation to add a new equation to your sheet.

Step 7

We can add an exponent by typing the “^” symbol inside the equation text box followed by the number you want to add as an exponent.

In the example above, we were able to add the equation .


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to do exponents in Google Docs.

You may make a copy of this example document to test it out on your own.